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Precautions to take while driving in severe weather

12:15 PM, Jun 6, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Preparation is the number one tool to remain safe, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release.

Having an evacuation route or exit strategy prior to an incident helps protect you and your family. During, severe weather it is safer to refrain from driving unless it is absolutely necessary, according to FHP.

According to the release, inland flooding is one of the leading cause of death in the United States. When you come to an area that is covered with water where you may not know the depth or the condition of the ground underneath the water. It only takes two feet of water to pull a vehicle away, including trucks and SUVs, so FHP advises not to drive through the water.

Additionally, FHP also advises not to walk through the water. It only takes six inches of rushing water to knock an adult on their feet.

Windy Conditions
When the wind is blowing, FHP advises to slow your vehicle down while driving. The wind may blow the vehicle, and even bicycle, off course.

Missing traffic lights or signs
As you approach an intersection that is not being directed by police it is important to come to a complete stop. You should yield to another driver that is coming from a highway. When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the driver on the left shall yield to the driver on the right.

Report hazards or potential risks
Immediately report any hazards that are in or near the road, such as downed power lines, fallen trees and standing water.


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